My favourite childhood books
I was a bit of a bookworm as a child. For every car journey, day trip or family holiday, a stack of books was always packed to keep me busy. Since then, I’ve continued reading all kinds of books but I’ll always love my childhood favourites. So I’ll let you in on my top five.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
This children’s mystery novel is interesting, exciting, thought-provoking, sad and happy all at the same time. The main character is a 15-year-old autistic boy. The book gives you a window into his world, his thoughts, his hopes and his dreams. It’s easy to read and both kids and adults love it. A must-read in my opinion.
Secret Seven – Enid Blyton
If you love adventures, this one’s for you. The Secret Seven are a group of child detectives who make it their mission to solve crimes. They have many adventures along the way. It’s a fun book that you won’t want to stop reading. And in fact, there is more than one book. There’s a series of books about Secret Seven's adventures so if you like the first one, you’re in luck!
Matilda – Roald Dahl
It’s now a film and show at the theatre, but we can’t forget the original book. Matilda is about a lovable little girl who is very clever and, like me, loves to read. She goes to school and meets the very scary Miss Trunchbull who tortures children, but thankfully makes friends with a kind teacher. The book will have you crying one moment and laughing the next.
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
I never thought I’d like a book about a spider but this one’s an exception. Charlotte’s Web tells the story of friendship between an unlikely pair – a pig and a spider. Yes, it sounds weird but it’s lovely. It’s a simple story but it teaches us about love, life and death. If you haven’t read it, give it a try. It is a classic after all.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
As a kid I read the book, watched the film and listened to the tape. I really couldn’t get enough of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. If you know it, you’ll know why. It’s an exciting tale set in a magical land called Narnia. When you’re reading it, you’ll feel like you’re really there. You’ll get caught up in the adventures of the four children and the characters they meet. It’s epic, I can’t rate it highly enough.